The first victim of the Whitechapel Murders

April 3, 1888 London, England Emma Elizabeth Smith is attacked by two or three men, one of whom was a teenager, becoming the first victim of the unsolved Whitechapel Murders Smith survived her attack long enough to report the vague description of her attackers before slipping into a coma and eventually dying of her injuries…

The death of Jesse James

April 3, 1882 St. Joseph, Missouri Outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back by a member of his gang who wished to claim the reward money issued against James Robert Ford, James’ murderer, was a new recruit to the James gang and had met secretly with the governor of Missouri against James. Ford waited…

Would-be serial killer executed for murder of 2 teens

April 3, 2001 Huntsville, Texas Jason Massey is executed by lethal injection for the murders of 2 teens Massey had been obsessed with becoming a famous serial killer, writing in a journal “[m]y goal is to kill 700 people in 20 years.” He also was known to kill and dismember animals, claiming in another journal…

“Ape Man” scared off by teens with guns

From The Waco News-Tribune (Waco, Texas) Published April 3, 1926 A man dressed in a fur suit with the intention of scaring two recently orphaned girls, aged 19 and 16, into selling their farm for a cheaper price. The girls were not easily persuaded and threatened to shoot the “ape man” should he reappear. The…